Just when we thought Sydney’s great burger uprising was finally slowing down we get this news: Mister Gee, the most cultishly loved burger truck in Sydney, is opening a restaurant in Concord. To be clear, it’s not a Mister Gee restaurant. It’s called Happy Ending and according to Mister Gee’s namesake owner Gee Ozgen, it’ll be a completely different deal.
“We want to do a completely different project,” he says. “It’ll be an evolution on Mister Gee but with a different name and different burgers. This is about doing all the things we couldn’t do in the truck.”
The basic cheeseburger, the bread-and-butter order from Ozgen’s truck, will stay the same in structure but get a host of deluxe improvements. “We're working with a butcher to create dry aged patties. It'll be our chuck mix with some dry aged fat. We're also doing some Hokkaido-style milk buns,” says Ozgen. “We're known for simple burgers and we want to take that over to Happy Ending.”
Ozgen is tight lipped about Happy Ending’s repertoire (competition in the burger world is, he says, unforgiving) but mentions a few additions including fried chicken sandwiches and mini hot dogs. “We’ll be making our own chorizos in house and serving them on a bao bun,” says Ozgen of the hot dogs.
He’s also hesitant to give too much away on the design and fit out, merely saying it’ll be dark, and coloured like the current branding on the Mister Gee truck.
To begin with, Happy Ending will operate in a similar manner to the truck, that is, mostly takeaway orders with a few seats here and there, only these will be inside and not just milk crates. Ozgen also has plans to open the back area of the space once the restaurant’s liquor licence comes through.
There is no official launch date yet but Ozgen is hoping to open the doors at 55 Majors Bay Road in Concord in late September. Mister Gee the food truck will remain open.